Since his death, community members, family, friends and supporters have held protests and demonstrations demanding justice for Michael Brown and his family.
The central issue of police misconduct, brutality and murder has again been thrust to the national forefront and again, those most likely to be victimized (Blacks/New Afrikans, Latinos and the poor) are being marginalized and stereotyped by white-supremacist main-stream media outlets.
I watched CBS ‘This Morning’ (08/12/2014) devote approximately a full 30 minutes of its two-hour broadcast in covering the tragic death of actor/comedian Robin Williams.The segment even featured a message of condolences from President Barack Obama himself.
By comparison, CBS gave the coverage of Michael Browns’ death and the subsequent community protest and police suppression approximately ninety (90) seconds.
The message was made crystal clear: police murder and suppression of Black/New Afrikan people doesn’t matter or rate high on the agenda of white-supremacist corporate media outlets.
According to eyewitness accounts, Mike was walking in the street, along with friends, when approached by a Ferguson police officer who hollered at Mike and others to get on the sidewalk. What ensued next were a series of events which resulted in Michael Brown raising his arms and pleading for his life. It culminated with Mike being unceremoniously slaughtered by a, yet to be named, Pig Police of the Ferguson Police department. His body laid on the streets for hours in full view of family and friends, perhaps in an attempt to intimidate and terrorize onlookers.
What followed have been days and nights of prayer vigils, demonstrations, militant protest and rebellion.
Militarized police units have responded with armored personnel carriers, assault rifles, tear-gas, and suppression. They have also attempted to contain and suppress any fair and unbiased news reporting by threatening media with arrest.
So far, dozens of people have been arrested, mostly from Ferguson and surrounding areas. As of now, several activists and supporters from across the United States are converging on Ferguson, Missouri to stand in support and solidarity, including members of various Panther formations.
Community and friends have made the following demands:
- the public identification of the police officer who killed Michael Brown.
- that the officer be fired and charged with murder.
- the Ferguson Police Departments’ “Protocol Handbook” be made public.
- that employees of the Ferguson Police Department reflect the racial demographic of the community.
According to the 2010 United States census, Ferguson, Missouri, located in St. Louis county has a population of over twenty-one thousand (21,000). Thirty percent (30%) are white, approximately sixty percent (60%) are Black/New Afrikan.
The New Afrikan Independence Party (NAIP) stands firmly with the family, friends, supporters and community of Michael Brown in their demands for justice, as stated above.
We also reference point #10 of our National Platform, calling for the creation and implementation of a National Civilian-Police Review Board (www.newafrikan.org).
Such a board would automatically assume jurisdiction over any and all complaints and incidents of police brutality and killings. It would take the power and oversight away from local politicians, police chiefs, district attorneys and police unions, who often conspire and collude with one another to cover-up police brutality and murder.
Lets continue to support the people of Ferguson, Missouri with our prayers, boots on the ground, media exposure, bail-bond money, legal assistance and political support. Honor the memory of Michael Brown.
All Power to The People,